Best Used Golf Irons 2022

Looking to pick up a set of premium irons at a discount price? Then these used models could be the answer

Best Used Golf Irons
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Best Used Golf Irons

When it comes to a set of golf irons, they are arguably the clubs that are going to stay in your golf bag for the longest amount of time. Because of their longevity, a set of irons are usually the most expensive parts of the golf bag, with a set setting you back upwards of $1000.

In today's environment that is an awful lot of money to splash out, especially given that the rest of your golf bag doesn't come cheap either! However, there are a few ways of getting round the high cost, with one of the ways being to take a look at some of the best budget irons on the market.

Another way is to look at the second hand market on sites like eBay. Now, you may think that this isn't a good idea, but you can pick up some of the best golf irons that money can buy from reliable dealers and sellers that have their own shops on these kinds of websites.

Obviously, when it comes to purchasing clubs off eBay, you need to do some research, but here at Golf Monthly we have done some digging ourselves to find some cracking deals on excellent irons from years gone by. Along with irons, we also have a guide on the best used golf drivers, which features some of the best golf drivers from the last few years.

If you still are unsure on whether used golf clubs are the way to go, then it may be worth noting that many golfers are turning to the second hand market for equipment. That's according to Golfclubs4cash, Europe's biggest second-hand golf equipment retailer, who has reported year-on-year growth that has exceeded that of the 2020 pandemic boom.

In this video, Joel Tadman compares 2022's leading game-improvement irons

So, why not check out some of the best deals we have found on eBay, which include some of the most forgiving irons and some of the best distance irons that money can buy.

Best Used Irons US

TaylorMade 2019 P790 Irons (opens in new tab)

TaylorMade 2019 P790 Irons (opens in new tab) | $568.09 from Impacting The Game

TaylorMade's P790 Irons (opens in new tab) are some of the best on the market. Currently, you can pick up the 2019 version of the P790 for under $570, with the set featuring in a Dynamic Gold S300 Stiff Shaft and available from 5-iron to pitching wedge.

TaylorMade M6 Irons (opens in new tab)

TaylorMade M6 Irons (opens in new tab) | $359.54 from Impacting The Game

Another great model from TaylorMade are these M6 Irons, which feature from 5i - PW and have KBS Max 85g Regular Steel Mens Shafts in them. At under $360 for the set, you pick up a premium performing iron for fantastic value. 

Cobra Radspeed Irons (opens in new tab)

Cobra Radspeed Irons (opens in new tab) | $499.99 from Maple Hill Golf

Cobra has an array of irons on offer and, at under $500, you can pick up one of their best models (opens in new tab) with a number of lies, lofts and shaft options. They are also available in 5i - GW, or 6i - GW.

Tour Edge Hot Launch C521 Irons (opens in new tab)

Tour Edge Hot Launch C521 Irons (opens in new tab) | $419.99 from Global Golf

These Tour Edge Hot Launch C521 Irons feature from 5i - PW and have Regular FST KBS Max 80 Steel Shafts. Tour Edge is known for producing some of the best budget irons (opens in new tab) on the market and, at under $420, there is some fantastic value for money to be had. 

Wilson Golf D9 Irons (opens in new tab)

Wilson Golf D9 Irons (opens in new tab) | $499.99 from Maple Hill Golf

For under $500, you can pick up these D9 Irons which are available from 5i - PW and are in mint condition. They feature in KBS Max Ultralite Steel Regular Shafts, so would be better suited to slower-swinging golfers, and are set at standard lengths and lofts.

Best Used Irons UK

Ping i500 Irons (opens in new tab)

Ping i500 Irons (opens in new tab) | £450.99 from GolfClubs4Cash

These i500s are some of the best Ping irons (opens in new tab) on the market and, for just £450, you can pick up 5i - PW in Stiff Flex Ping AWT 2.0 Shafts. Listed as 'in good condition', they are set as standard and were one of the best compact distance irons (opens in new tab) when they launched so this is a bit of a bargain!

PXG 0211 Iron (opens in new tab)

PXG 0211 Iron (opens in new tab) | £499.95 from Affordable Golf

PXG is known for making some impressive equipment at equally appealing prices and, with this PXG 0211 Iron Set (opens in new tab) listed in good condition, it could be yours for a shade under £500. Featuring a Mitshibushi 80 Stiff Shaft, it is available in 4i - SW. 

Mizuno JPX 900 Irons (opens in new tab)

Mizuno JPX 900 Irons (opens in new tab) | £339.99 from GolfClubs4Cash

Mizuno are known for producing some of the best golf irons (opens in new tab) on the market, with their JPX range some of the most recognizable. Now, you can currently pick up the JPX 900 for under £340, with the irons featuring from 4i - PW and in Stiff Flex KBS Tour-V 120 Shafts.

Cleveland Launcher XL Irons (opens in new tab)

Cleveland Launcher XL Irons (opens in new tab) | £349.99 from TV Golf Centre

Listed 'in good condition', these Launcher XL irons (opens in new tab) are already some of the best budget irons (opens in new tab) on the market and, at under £350, you can pick these up with an Elevate MPH Regular Steel shaft and standard lofts and lies.

TaylorMade P790 Irons (opens in new tab)

TaylorMade P790 Irons (opens in new tab) | £549.95 from Affordable Golf

The P790 Irons are amongst the best TaylorMade irons (opens in new tab) money can buy, with these particular models available in 5i - PW and KBS Tour 90 Regular Shafts. They are listed in good conditions, with the P790 offering superb forgiveness and distance on an array of shots.

What to consider when buying used irons

When it comes to purchasing the best used golf irons there are a number of factors that need to be considered:

Seller
Firstly, is the seller reputable? You don't want to purchase a golf club that may be cheap, but sold by someone who has a low approval rating on the sites and therefore may not deliver promptly, if at all. In the case of some sellers on eBay there have been examples of counterfeit clubs being sold, so always buy through well-known retail shops on second hand channels that have very high feedback ratings. 

One last point is to make sure you do your research. As noted earlier, there may be a specific type of shaft or weight that you are looking for in your driver, so it's crucial that you check that what you are purchasing matches your requirements. You don't want the debacle of buying one of the best Mizuno irons or one of the best Titleist irons to find out the lofts or shaft is different to what you are used to. 

Condition
We've all been there. You spot a club that is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the original price and, when it's delivered, it is damaged beyond belief. That is why it's crucial you read up on the condition beforehand. Most sellers will list the condition of the club on the page, but you can always message them if you do have any problems or queries.

Specs
This may sound like an obvious one but, when researching, it's important you find out whether the specs of the iron or club are correct. Again, these should be listed on the sites, but be wary of the flex of the club, as well as the weight. You don't want the club to arrive to find out that the shaft is incorrect, or the head is a different model.

FAQs

Why would you purchase used clubs?

Used golf clubs are usually far cheaper than new models and offer a potentially huge saving. What's more, a company may have stopped producing a certain model, so used sites can be a great place to pick up these models that no longer exist if you having a special place in your heart for a very specific club. 

Where are the best places to buy used golf equipment?

Sites that are great for used equipment are eBay, as well as 2nd Swing Golf in the US and Golfclubs4cash or GolfBidder in the UK, which has recently partnered with American Golf to provide a trade-in solution. Many of these retailers also have their own shops on eBay too, so you buy this way with confidence. They are reliable sources for picking up used equipment that is still in good condition.